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André Leon Talley Clarifies the Meaning of Racism

Andre Leon Talley.
Andre Leon Talley.

At the 92Y yesterday, André Leon Talley was characteristically entertaining, dropping stories about Karl Lagerfeld giving him $50,000 for his 50th birthday (“And I never slept with him!”) and how he came to peace with his personal style (“I decided if Marc Jacobs can wear a lace dress, I can wear a caftan or anything I want”). But as audience member Bethann Hardison, co-founder of the newly minted Diversity Coalition, looked on, he also delivered this statement:

You have to make people aware that they may not be racist but they are doing racist acts.

And there goes everyone’s favorite excuse. He got a standing ovation.

André Leon Talley Clarifies Meaning of Racism